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Letter: Genuflection is a sign of respect

(Marcio Jose Sanchez | AP file photo) San Francisco 49ers safety Eric Reid (35) and quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) kneel during the national anthem before an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sept. 12, 2016.

Genuflection is the act of putting the right knee in a kneeling position in order to show respect and absolute loyalty. It was usually to the lord of the manor. If the king were present, it was to the crown. In my youth, on visiting a Roman Catholic Church, before entering a pew, I was expected to genuflect, even though I was Greek Orthodox. This was to pay respect to Christ, who was on the altar in the form of Holy Communion.

In the last few years, athletes (mainly football players) have genuflected at the presentation of the flag, showing absolute loyalty and respect. To say otherwise is total ignorance. To the athletes, it felt right because it was right.

This country owes a heartfelt apology to the athletes and the NFL owes quarterback Colin Kaepernick several (at least four) years’ salary.

John G. Kepros, Salt Lake City

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